Why use Interim Credentials? This curriculum provides a head start into the most successful electrical apprenticeships in North America! It also prepares individuals with a solid electrical knowledge to enter a technical college electrical program or any electrical registered apprenticeship program.
Interim Credentials offers a fully online, computer-mediated learning curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st century. Providing a unique, creative way of learning delivered through online simulations and gamification to keep the learner more engaged and maximize their understanding of electrical theory in the real world
Since learning takes place entirely online, students can work synchronously or asynchronously from anywhere, meaning class is no longer limited to the classroom. This also allows schools to adapt the program to their needs. Everyone from small rural schools to large career and technology campuses can adapt the curriculum to fit their needs and budget.
What sets us apart from other electrical curriculums that are available to teach in the classroom?
- Students will learn about the required hard and soft skills needed to become a successful worker in the construction industry
- Easily implemented in any educational setting.
- Does not require an electrical instructor or lab for implementation.
- Easily scalable and flexible to implement.
- Requires students to learn the same USDOL- approved related instruction and electrical theory being taught in over 270 electrical registered apprenticeship programs across the country.
- Upon completion, students receive a nationally recognized certification from the electrical training ALLIANCE they must present when applying to any of the 270+ registered apprenticeship programs affiliated with us.
- Creates a direct career path from high school into the electrical industry, resulting in an electrical apprenticeship which includes employment that begins with a living wage and benefits; wages increase quickly as they learn more and advance in the apprenticeship program.
- No hidden costs or fees for instructor training/certification, exams, textbooks or technical assistance. One low flat rate per student.
- A helpdesk is available during normal business hours to support and assist instructors if an issue arises.
- We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the business of creating affordable career pathways into the electrical industry.
The Teacher’s Role
There are two types of teachers who can offer this course in their classrooms: those who have taught or taken electrical courses before and those who haven’t.
With No Electrical Instructional Background
Teachers who aren’t trained in electrical theory and applications and lack a hands-on lab can certainly offer Interim Credentials to their students! Interim Credentials has been designed to deliver all instruction through the course itself through a variety of learning delivery methods and simulations. This gives any school the ability to offer the course to students, regardless of funding, resources and location. It is a web-based platform; therefore, teachers and students can access the course wherever they have an updated desktop or laptop. Teachers in this category may be more comfortable with letting students work asynchronously, as opposed to the typical synchronous learning schedule that has been in place since the beginning of time. Ultimately, it is up to the teacher to decide how to implement the course in their classroom.
While it does help to know how to calculate the resistance for any given combination circuit with formulas like Norton or Thevenin’s Theorems, it is just as important to know how to navigate the program, understand how students are graded and troubleshoot any laptop issues students may have. Schools who lack the ability to provide hands-on activities are encouraged to partner with the closest electrical training ALLIANCE-affiliated training center to offer hands-on activities and demonstrations. With over 270 across the country, there is a good chance you’ll find one!
With Electrical Experience
Get excited, because the dynamics of your electrical class will change for the better with Interim Credentials! Be prepared to learn, though, because this isn’t your typical electrical curriculum that you may be used to. While you may have electrical knowledge and experience, you will need to spend a good deal of time going through the entire course in advance – or at least stay one module ahead of your students. This gives you the ability to write thorough lesson plans based on actual course content, not just the syllabus alone. If you have a hands-on lab that you’ve used for previous courses, you will find it easy to identify and offer hands-on activities you’ve implemented in the past to supplement this curriculum.
Once electrical teachers become comfortable with the entire course, they often discover that they have more time during class to provide individual help to students who need it and focus on applicable hands-on activities to supplement their lessons.
Regardless of what type of teacher you are, teachers in both categories are still strongly encouraged to take the course themselves through an ungated version only available to teachers. This means you’ll be able to take the course and become familiar with the lesson content and course navigation without needing a minimum score of 70% to advance forward in the course.